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Low 3dMark06 Score w/ 8800 GTX

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January 30, 2007 11:54:39 PM

Well I can say it runs ALOT better than before I installed the 8800 GTX, but my first score was in the 6800's (can't remember exact score, thought I saved it but guess not :oops:  ). Resolution at 1280x1024 with 4x AA. Even with AA off it still seems to get the same framerate in the demos.

Here's the rig:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
ASUS A8N-SLI Premium
2 Gigs of Crucial DDR 3200
EVGA Geforce 8800GTX

I'm kinda new to benchmarking, but shouldn't my score be higher? I figure it may be the processor, or because its a dual core. The cpu test is where it really gets slow, almost 0 fps :( 

What am I missing??
Thanks!
January 31, 2007 12:14:59 AM

Not 100% sure but I would say that the CPU is holding the card back. I remember reading somewhere that you need to have a C2D running at around 3.2-3.4GHZ to get the best from the card.

As for the CPU test, the name says it all. Its running a software renderer and not using the Graphics card's acceleration.
January 31, 2007 12:17:56 AM

Your processor is the main reason for the score you are posting. The 8800 GTX is very cpu bound at the resolutions you are using, so you get max scores on the gpu, but not on the cpu, and the 3dmark scores are a sum of the two.

Post your gpu and cpu scores listed on the summary page. We can devine more from that.

Still, not a bad score compared to 2/3 of the gaming community.
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January 31, 2007 12:20:14 AM

should i try lowering my resolution? what AA settings should i stay at?
January 31, 2007 12:33:11 AM

Changing the resolution really won't help your benchmark scores. Really, don't even worry about benchmark scores. Your hardware will EASILY run any game out there at maximum settings.

DON'T lower the resolution. In games, this is exactly what not to do. You want to run games at very high AA and AF settings. The higher resolution, the better. What you need to try to do for games is to get the bottleneck off of the CPU, and force it back to the GPU, which in this case, is not an easy task (the 8800 is a beast)

Best of Luck
January 31, 2007 12:35:20 AM

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The cpu test is where it really gets slow, almost 0 fps


i have scored a 5500 with an amd 3700 and 68gt,s
i would figure the 8800gtx is miles ahead of the 6800gt in sli?
even in a syntec benchmark.

i do have an x2 4400 dualcore but have never ran 06 with it?
January 31, 2007 12:36:20 AM

Ok I just re-ran the bench 1280x1024, 4sample AA, bilinear

scored a 7097 :) 

SM2.0 Score : 3184
HDR/SM3.0 Score: 3514
CPU Score: 1524

Doesn't mean to much to me, but what can you guys tell me?

Thanks!
January 31, 2007 12:37:49 AM

Ok this is starting to make sense :) 

What about texture filtering? What should I set that to?
January 31, 2007 12:39:45 AM

Quote:
Changing the resolution really won't help your benchmark scores. Really, don't even worry about benchmark scores. Your hardware will EASILY run any game out there at maximum settings.


this is true :wink:

unless he changes or ups the resolution.

i have read that games like f.s.x. are tough on any gpu or cpu.
the f.s. series has mostly been more cpu bound.

but the new one at high res. will bitchslap anything.

i know it does my dualcore sli rig 8O
January 31, 2007 12:42:01 AM

Quote:
Ok I just re-ran the bench 1280x1024, 4sample AA, bilinear

scored a 7097 :) 

SM2.0 Score : 3184
HDR/SM3.0 Score: 3514
CPU Score: 1524

Doesn't mean to much to me, but what can you guys tell me?

Thanks!


3dmarks are cool and all, but have you tried your favorate game?

get to playing! something.

worry about the benchies later.
January 31, 2007 12:47:12 AM

Quote:


3dmarks are cool and all, but have you tried your favorate game?

get to playing! something.

worry about the benchies later.


LOL yes I have been playing Battlefield 2 and CS:S. It looks GREAT! Any other games you guys suggest for this high end card?

I play oblivion on my Xbox 360, so no need. The card came with the new Dark Messiah game so I'm about to install it.

ALSO... should I just configure my Nvidia control panel to have the applications handle everything? I've always been confused about that thing and if it should be configured or the games themselves.

Thanks again guys! You all have made this fun and easy :) 
January 31, 2007 12:54:16 AM

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ALSO... should I just configure my Nvidia control panel to have the applications handle everything? I've always been confused about that thing and if it should be configured or the games themselves.


sure.

oblivion would look better on your computer than the xbox.
but the question is, would you want to buy the same game twice?
January 31, 2007 12:58:37 AM

Quote:


sure.

oblivion would look better on your computer than the xbox.
but the question is, would you want to buy the same game twice?


for the graphics alone? nooooo :lol: 
January 31, 2007 1:01:17 AM

Ok. You posted your benchmark scores. Good.
The CPU Score of 1524 is a hint to me. It shows me that your CPU is limiting your benchmark scores. There are two solutions to this problem:

1. Overclock your CPU. This will gain extra CPU power, thus reducing CPU load.

2. Replace your CPU with a faster one.

DO NOT DO OPTION TWO!!! There is no point to replacing your 3800 right now. Especially when games like Crysis come out. Crysis is dual core optimized, which will boost performance on your system.


I suggest that you forget the benchmarks, and play some games!

Best of Luck
January 31, 2007 1:04:09 AM

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would figure the 8800gtx is miles ahead of the 6800gt in sli?

An 8800GTX would eat your 6800GT SLI for lunch. :D 

At least mine does on a similar hardware with C2D OC'd to ~3.5GHz. 3DMark06 scores (Graphics+CPU) of the 8800GTX was 11828, while the other system with 2 X 7900GTX in SLI mode was 10953. These are dual 7900GTX, not 6800GTs.
January 31, 2007 1:07:44 AM

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At least mine does on a similar hardware with C2D OC'd to ~3.5GHz. 3DMark06 scores (Graphics+CPU) of the 8800GTX was 11828, while the other system with 2 X 7900GTX in SLI mode was 10953. These are dual 7900GTX, not 6800GTs.



jeeez 11828. Well i would get a new CPU but I just bought that one :) 

Oh well I'm totally in love with my system now!
January 31, 2007 1:22:41 AM

11828, not bad.
Betcha you could get more if you OC your GTX :wink:

My GTS on a C2D @3.24GHz went from ~8600 to ~10500 when boosted to 620/950.

OP, tis just a benchmark.
Turn the settings and resolution all the way up.
I would be willing to bet your scores don't drop to much.
That's the good thing about being CPU vs GPU limited, free eye candy!
January 31, 2007 1:53:25 AM

Yea I'd say your CPU is holding you back. With my E6600 at 3 Ghz, I score around 10700.
February 17, 2010 3:59:25 PM

Try bringing your PCIE frequency up a bit. try an 8mhz increase say from 100 to 108mhz. That should wake up your gpu and improve your 3Dmark performance.
February 17, 2010 4:20:43 PM

bikeslider said:
Try bringing your PCIE frequency up a bit. try an 8mhz increase say from 100 to 108mhz. That should wake up your gpu and improve your 3Dmark performance.



You realize that prior to your post, the last one was over three years ago?

At any rate, bumping up the PCIE from default 100 can bring instability and can over time kill the videocard.
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February 17, 2010 5:28:33 PM

bikeslider said:
Try bringing your PCIE frequency up a bit. try an 8mhz increase say from 100 to 108mhz. That should wake up your gpu and improve your 3Dmark performance.

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